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Curriculum and Instruction

Master's Degree Program

Graduate opportunities

Tomorrow’s teacher leaders are being developed today in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas. Hallmarks of our master’s program are its focus on teaching excellence, content mastery and the opportunities we provide students to earn advanced certifications.

The Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction enhances teacher knowledge and expertise by combining theoretical perspectives and research-based practices with multiple opportunities for field-based projects and action research. This helps you make strategic decisions about effective practices in a private or public school setting.

Our comprehensive curriculum allows you to select a resource area from a wide range of areas related to the curriculum and instruction core. Among the areas are:

  • Bilingual education
  • Content area studies
  • Early childhood studies
  • English as a second language
  • Gifted and talented education
  • Literacy education
  • School counseling
  • School leadership
  • Special education
  • Technology

Faculty members have advanced degrees and school experience in their fields. Their professional contributions range from writing curriculum guides and textbooks used across the nation to intensive training grants for teachers and school evaluation projects. Their research interests include:

  • Children's literature
  • Global literacy
  • Politics and policy applicable to curriculum
  • Research-based instructional methods and practices in various subject areas
  • Teacher education
  • Teaching-learning theories
  • Technology in the classroom

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You must meet the requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School® and a specific set of department requirements when applying to the master’s program. For graduate school requirements, visit our catalog or the Graduate School's website. The department's requirements are:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.88 or 3.0 on the last 60 semester hours at the bachelor's level
  • Documentation of verbal and writing proficiencies using GRE scores submitted to the graduate school
  • Valid Texas teacher certification or the equivalent
  • Three- to four-page essay on your personal philosophy of teaching with concrete examples of that philosophy applied to your own teaching practices
  • Letter of intent for pursuing a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Current curriculum vitae or résumé

Required documents can be mailed to the department or emailed to David Pierce.

Degree requirements

The M.Ed. degree requires 12 semester hours of curriculum and instruction core courses, 12 semester hours in a primary academic resource area, and 6 semester hours of electives. A final comprehensive exam is also required.

Financial assistance

A limited number of teaching fellowships and assistantships are available to help you pursue your graduate education. These opportunities include working with professors on research grants and projects or as a teaching assistant, assisting undergraduate students with advising and degree plans, teaching undergraduate classes and supervising student teaching.

You may apply for these positions by submitting an application and a current résumé to the department chair. The letter should address particular strengths and interests.

More information about financial assistance is at the Financial Aid website or the Graduate School site.